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Photography talks

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01 Susan Best on 'Loud!'

Susan Best is an art historian with expertise in critical theory and modern and contemporary art. She is the Convenor of Fine Art and Art Theory at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Susan joined us to consider how the four female artists in the 'Loud!’ exhibition have used photography as a tool for social comment and activism.

Image: Miwa Yanagi Yuka 2000 from the series 'My grandmothers’, type C photograph, 160 × 160 cm, purchased with funds provided by Geoff Ainsworth AM 2014 © Miwa Yanagi.

02 Isobel Parker Philip on 'Loud!'

Isobel Parker Philip, the Gallery’s assistant curator, photographs, considers the depiction of the female subject through the works of four contemporary female photographers in the 'Loud’ exhibition. Through powerful photographic constructions, these artists play on gender stereotypes and question traditional tropes of femininity.

Image: Miwa Yanagi Yuka 2000 from the series 'My grandmothers’, type C photograph, 160 × 160 cm, purchased with funds provided by Geoff Ainsworth AM 2014 © Miwa Yanagi.

03 Julie Ewington on 'Rosemary Laing: transportation'

One of Australia’s leading contemporary art specialists, Julie Ewington is an independent writer, curator and broadcaster. She has held positions at Queensland Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art and for many years has taught art history in Australian universities. She is also a long-time champion for gender equality in the Australian art world. Julie reflects on Laing’s photographic practice and of its importance within the Australian art scene.

Image: Rosemary Laing 'greenwork TL #8’ 1995, type C photograph, 100 × 100 cm, anonymous gift 2004 © Rosemary Laing

04 Rosemary Laing and Donna West Brett on 'Rosemary Laing: transportation'

Hear artist Rosemary Laing reflect on her 1995 series 'greenwork’ and 1996-97 series 'brownwork’. Rosemary was joined by Donna West Brett from the Power Institute for Art and Visual Culture, The University of Sydney.

Image: Rosemary Laing 'greenwork TL #8’ 1995, type C photograph, 100 × 100 cm, anonymous gift 2004 © Rosemary Laing

05 Judy Annear on 'Body parts'

Judy Annear is curator of Body parts, which examines how photography has changed the way we view the human form. She discussed her thinking around the selection of works for the exhibition and the ideas that can be teased out from the works themselves.

Image: Max Dupain 'Spontaneous composition’ 1935, gelatin silver photograph, 40.3 × 39.8 cm, purchased 1982 © Estate of Max Dupain, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.

06 William Yang on 'Body parts'

William Yang was born in North Queensland. He moved to Sydney in 1969 and worked as a freelance photographer documenting Sydney’s social life, which included the glamorous, celebrity set and the hedonistic, subcultural, gay community. In 1989 he began to perform monologues with slide projection in the theatre and this has become the main expression of his work. Tony Ayres made his most successful piece, Sadness, into an award-winning film in 1999. William’s current work is photo based, doing performances in theatres and exhibitions in galleries. He speaks about his practice, including his work in 'Body parts’.

07 Andrew Hazewinkel on 'Imprint'

Andrew Hazewinkel is an artist whose practice is situated at the intersection of photography and sculpture. His abiding interest in ancient material culture (specifically ancient figurative sculpture) and contemporary conceptions of the copy form the framework though which he examines the complex associations between history, memory, materials and the body, as well as the implications of reproduction methodologies on our understanding of recordings of time.

In this talk, Hazewinkel discussed the evolving social meaning of sculptural copy (the cast) before and at the emergence of photographic thinking and practice, and how these seemingly oppositional disciplines became and remain inextricably linked.

Image: Ingeborg Tyssen 'Balmain, Sydney’ 1 1981, gelatin silver photograph, 25.9 × 25.9 cm, Art Gallery of NSW, Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1989 © Ingeborg Tyssen. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.

08 Isobel Parker Philip on 'Imprint'

Isobel Parker Philip is the curator of 'Imprint’. In this talk, she unpacks the relationship between photography and the sculptural cast, proposing that the two mediums share a symbolic lineage and are produced by parallel gestures. Discussing the exhibition, she investigates the complex network of echoes and trace impressions that each work unravels.

Image: Ingeborg Tyssen 'Balmain, Sydney 1’ 1981, gelatin silver photograph, 25.9 × 25.9 cm, Art Gallery of NSW, Hallmark Cards Australian Photography Collection Fund 1989 © Ingeborg Tyssen. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

09 Judy Annear on 'Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works'

Judy Annear is the senior curator, photographs at the Art Gallery of NSW and curator of 'Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works’, an exhibition that examines key aspects of Moffatt’s practice. She discusses her selection of work for this show, whilst tracing the artist’s knowledge of film, photography, popular culture, colonial history and literature.

10 Isobel Parker Phillip on 'Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works'

Isobel Parker Philip is assistant curator, photographs at the Art Gallery of NSW. In this talk, she addresses the cinematic references that appear in the works on display in the exhibition 'Tracey Moffatt: Laudanum and other works’ and discusses the ways Moffatt references particular films as well as the overall aesthetic and thematic influence of film in her work.